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Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

|September 24, 1992

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In this quintessential Shakespearean drama, Hamlet's halting pursuit of revenge for his father's death unfolds in a series of highly charged confrontations that climax in tragedy. The play is reprinted here from an authoritative British edition complete with…

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

|December 23, 1993

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Dark and bloody drama of ambition, guilt, and revenge centers on an ambitious Scottish nobleman who murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and…

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Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, it explores themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, wretchedness and the meaninglessness of life…

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Tragicomic drama of love, wealth, and justice revolves around a Venetian moneylender's bargain with a young merchant for "a pound of flesh."

Richard III

by William Shakespeare

|October 24, 1995

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Final play in Shakespeare's masterly dramatization of the struggle for power between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Richard is a stunning archvillain who schemes, seduces, betrays and murders his way to the throne, yet is capable of eliciting sympathy for his…

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When forbidden romance enters their lives, a pair of noblewomen assume disguises and flee to the Forest of Arden, where they encounter a magical world of friendly outlaws and wise fools. Both a lighthearted comedy and a deeper exploration of social and literary…

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A raving misanthrope is transformed into a model of wifely deportment — but not without a struggle. Fast-paced dialogue and earthy humor contribute to the enduring popularity of this tale of a 16th-century battle of the sexes. Convenient size and low price…

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The daughter of a renowned physician pursues her passion for an elusive bridegroom through a comic maze of mistaken identities, betrayals, repentance, and dramatic revelation. This extraordinary combination of romantic melodrama and outright farce offers a…

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Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own family. The play's second half takes place 16 years…

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With over 500 offerings from the most quoted writer in the English language, this modestly priced volume provides a luxurious assortment of memorable and profound thoughts. Conveniently arranged by topic, the source of each quote is fully identified for subjects…

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Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest dramatic efforts, the play abounds in his trademark conceits,…

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One of the author's "dark" comedies, its compelling characters include a duke masquerading as a monk, a would-be nun ordered to sacrifice her chastity to save her brother's life, and a hypocritical politician. Shakespeare's sensitive, forceful exploration…